Nightguards & Mouthguards In Warrensburg and Oak Grove, MO
Protect Your Teeth—Day or Night
Playing sports, teeth clenching, and grinding can put excessive pressure on your jaws and teeth. In order to avoid strain and damage, Dr. Young recommends using an oral appliance such as a nightguard or mouthguard for round-the-clock tooth protection.
Both mouthguards and nightguards are types of oral appliances, dental devices that cover your teeth and gums. Oral appliances can be used for a variety of reasons such as protecting your teeth during sports, preventing nightly clenching or grinding, and relieving symptoms of sleep apnea and snoring.
Both contact sports and nightly grinding can put you at risk for oral health issues and tooth fractures, so our team at Ridgeview Family Dental provides high-quality, custom-fit oral appliances to keep your smile intact.
Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw, teeth, tongue, and soft tissue of the mouth during physical activities such as boxing, football, basketball, baseball, or any other activity where your mouth may be hit.
Wearing a mouthguard during high-impact sports can safeguard your teeth from sports injuries such as tooth fractures and tooth loss. With a mouthguard, you’ll never have to worry about choosing between your oral health and active lifestyle.
Nightguards are a specialized type of mouthguard designed to help relieve symptoms of bruxism. Bruxism, more commonly referred to as the grinding or clenching of teeth, is a subconscious habit responsible for causing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems as well as the wearing down of teeth.
Bruxism is very common, though its origin differs from patient to patient and is most often associated with anxiety and stress. Emotional tension, anger, and frustration can cause people to start grinding their teeth in response to stressful times in their lives. A nightguard acts as a barrier to stop your teeth from grinding together during sleep. It can also be worn during the day to help break the habit.
Despite its commonality, many people who suffer from bruxism are’nt even aware of the problem as most people’s symptoms occur while asleep. Although symptoms may not always be present, there are a number of clues that may signal you are suffering from bruxism:
- Waking up in the morning with a headache or facial tension/pain that dissipates as the day goes along
- Teeth that suddenly become sensitive to hot and cold
- Teeth whose chewing surfaces have become dull and flat
In most cases, simply wearing a nightguard will eliminate the problem. If the condition persists, however, we can suggest a number of alternative treatments and relaxation methods that may relieve the symptoms.
Whether you’re looking for a mouthguard to help with your active lifestyle or to address teeth grinding, the process of getting your custom mouthguard or nightguard is the same. Your personalized treatment will consist of just two simple appointments.
During your first appointment, Dr. Young will discuss your unique circumstances, taking note of your symptoms and pain before determining that an oral appliance is the best course of action. If so, we’ll take detailed impressions of your bite to ensure a personalized fit for your new appliance.
During the second appointment, we’ll deliver your new personalized mouthguard or nightguard and ensure it fits perfectly before you leave our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are three types of mouthguards/nightguards
- Stock guards: a one-size-fits-all option that can be purchased at retail stores.
- Boil & Bite guards: a more customizable option in which you boil the specially made plastic and bite into it to form your guard.
- Custom guards: these are only available at a dental office.
While guards purchased at local stores can be cheaper, you sacrifice quality. Stock guards don’t offer full protection, and in the event of user error, boil & bite guards may not fit well enough to help. The mouthguards and nightguards made in a dental office are custom-made to fit your mouth, making them the premier option and Dr. Young’s recommendation.
On average, guards last between 3 and 10 years. Both mouthguards and nightguards are made of durable, malleable long-lasting plastic.. To prolong the life of your guard, practice good oral hygiene habits like brushing and keep your mouthguard or nightguard clean by rinsing it with water whenever your remove it.
If you’re concerned about your active lifestyle or teeth grinding habits, it may be time to explore getting a custom mouthguard or nightguard. We would love to discuss your options! Please call (660) 747-9117 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page to make an appointment. We serve Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City, and surrounding areas thanks to our convenient locations in Warrensburg and Oak Grove.